MetalNHopHead (2223) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 No fruit extract here! Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry takes the natural approach without any shortcuts. And I must say, the difference is clear. The raspberry taste in this beer is simply awesome. It’s a bit tart but it also has a lot of rich sweetness without being overbearing. Admittedly these beers usually aren’t my thing, but Samuel Smith’s take on the style is expertly done. Weidemann (6) - USA - JAN 11, 2014 does not count
Quite wonderful aroma, appearance, and flavor. A truly fruity delight that has an appropriate medium tartness. superspak (6108) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 9/17/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart raspberry with a good amount of fruity/sugary sweetness and some light bread. Very nice aromas with big authentic fruit presence and a nice fruit/sweetness balance; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry with moderate fruity/sugary sweetness, light bread, and slight herbal hops. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish with a fair amount of fruit tartness; with lingering notes of tart/sweet raspberry flavors on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness of authentic raspberry flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruit beer as expected. All around great robustness and balance of authentic tart raspberry and fruit/sugary malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. ronaldtheriot (2009) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Ale has a medium, fizzy-ish, pink head, a clear, ruby red appearance, and low-level lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong raspberry juice with bread. Taste is a one-two punch of acidic & sweet raspberry juice and bready malt. Bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Ale finishes dry and highly drinkable. RJT FROTHINGSLOSH (8201) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2015 Sampled from a 550 ml brown bottle this beer poured a vibrant pink-fuchsia with a huge dark pink head. The aroma was musty, tart and had a fairly strong raspberry jam note. The flavor was tart raspberry jam with notes of sugar and must. The finish was medium length berry. Fairly full bodied. Very one dimensional but quite pleasant. Quite good.
cyrenaica (1159) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2010
550ml bottle Nsanders (1182) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2011
I tried this beer on June 7, 2010 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a transparent dark red colour with a 1" pinkisk-white cap that quickly dissipated. The aroma was fresh raspberries, sweet malt, and some yeasty hints. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was raspberries, sticky sweet, some tartness, some nutty malt, and a a bitter finish.
Deep red, with a pink foamy head. Aroma of raspberry and alcohol. Not too sweet, good dried deep raspberry flavor. Better than expected on account of not being overly sweet. Light maltiness with a bit of a floral finish. The light body of this beer makes it seem like it would be a good summer drink. stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Personal favorite. Reddish beer with a strong raspberry flavor, some bitterness in the aftertaste. niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2011
330ml bottle from Cross Stobs Bottle Shop, Barrhead. Strong raspberry content, sweet with a well balanced ale background. As with many sweet fruit beers you wouldn’t want too many but this is very good. ChainGangGuy (4932) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Appearance: Pours out a dark reddish-hued body, fairly clear, and capped with a scant, near-white head.
Smell: An aroma that’s part tartish, part sweetish, and scented of raspberry, as one might imagine, and, thankfully, without that oft medicinal quality I sometimes identify with raspberry brews.
Taste: Sweetish and permissibly raspberry flavored, slightly tart, and with, perhaps, a perceived underlying breadiness. Low bitterness. Slight acidity. Finishes crisp.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Stood shoulder to shoulder with it’s cherry and strawberry based cousins for a tasting and, for me, it was the best of the Samuel Smith fruit bunch.